1 – Richmond, in my humble opinion, may be in danger of missing the finals this year.

I’ve got them at, dare I say it, 9th… I’ve loved the Tigers of the last two seasons, but it just goes to show what a couple of key injuries will do. If they had all their players on the park, they’d be hard to stop, but without Rance and Houli on the weekend, and now Riewoldt, it seems their depth is tested. Hopefully their members understand this as it would cause serious damage to the Ozone layer if all 100,000 of them were to burn their memberships at once!

 

2 – I’m guessing that the Swans hierarchy are starting to count how many years remain on Buddy’s contract.

Before you say it, yes I know Buddy was serviceable on the weekend and kicked 3, but the biggest recruiting coup of the century was to bring in a premiership cup, and that seems a long way off now. And with their aging list and the abolition of COLA, the number crunchers might be wondering how to find some much needed salary cap space.

3 – The 6-6-6 rule would open up the forward line and make scoring easier from centre bounces they said.

The AFL keep tinkering with the rules to make it look more “entertaining” each year, and we invariably end up with little change. It’s as though they want AFL to be a reality show. Pretty soon they’ll be introducing actors to play in games – it’ll be called AFL at First Sight (or AFLAFS for the moron viewers who can’t spell!)

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4 – Nobody thought the Saints would be 2 and 0 at this stage.

Not even Richo I’m guessing. You’d have to think the game in Freo next week would be winnable. Imagine 3-0!! How many consecutive games would it take for Richo to give the two finger salute to his critics? And is Brett Ratten secretly disappointed at the way they’re tracking?

 

5 – It may very well be possible for Carlton to finish the season with 22 honourable losses.

Sure, the Blues are better, but they keep losing. Even when they get into a winnable position it almost seems as though the players think they’ve done enough. A side who has forgotten to win being coached by a guy who will always have the right cliché for all occasions…

 

6 – Last week I said the Bombers and their talk of Top 4 pre-season would blow up in their faces. The same can be said for the Dees.

Did Melbourne believe in their own hype and just thought it was all going to be a cruisey year into the finals? They’re not done yet, and have a few to regain from injury, but you wouldn’t want to lose many more. Surely they beat Essendon next week in what proves the most interesting game of the Round – for all the wrong reasons.

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7 – What a fall from grace from the big Round 1 winners in Freo and GWS!!

You’d think they’d be used to travelling by now. As a keen tipster, I was seduced by these two teams’ Round 1 performances, so I backed them in. I know now I was a fool to think West Coast would lose at home, but how long will it be before this supposedly national game played once a week serves up teams that can win away from their home state regularly?

 

8 – The Lions continue to impress, and now they apparently have no issue with leaving their state.

These boys have bucked the trend of sides losing on the road. An impressive win from behind as well. There’s definitely something brewing with this club. We’re all waiting for their lapses, but I’m not so sure that’s going to happen anymore. And my man-crush on Charlie Cameron has not weakened.

 

9 – Maybe James Sicily needs to undergo hypnotherapy to manage his anger.

What a last quarter by the Dogs. Well done on running all over the top of the Hawks, but I reckon James would like his time again. Call me crazy, but umpires don’t like it when you swear at them – and they tend to hold grudges too…

 

10 – The Suns got the chocolates and have clearly given them all to Stuart Dew!!

All those people that said the Suns would go winless in 2019! They should’ve won by more and will need to practice goal-kicking this week. Here’s something to think about: They look better without May and Lynch! Sounds nuts, but when players don’t truly want to be there, it never works. It doesn’t matter how good they are. And Stuey Dew is getting bigger each week!!

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